We met in 2009 and quickly learned of our shared love for the wilderness (and for one another). In 2012, after several years of struggling to scrape together enough vacation time to get outside for an extended period, we quit our desk jobs and completed a thru hike of the 2660-mile Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada. We both found this experience deeply inspiring.
Anna (trail name: North Star) is a Cincinnati, Ohio native who has been hooked on backpacking since a high school Venture Crew trip to Glacier National Park. She is an environmental engineer, writer, and naturalist.
Chris (trail name: Shutterbug) grew up in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania running around in the nearby woods. He is now a professional photographer who strives to communicate the wilderness experience through his art.
Last but not least, our pet bird Cheep Cheep flies along with us. Her goofiness keeps us laughing, even when the trail gets rough.
Why we hike:
● In nature we are free, independent, self-sufficient, and living in the moment.
● The scenery is stunningly beautiful.
● Backpacking is one of the simplest, most environmentally friendly lifestyles possible.
● Walking, breathing fresh air, soaking up sunshine, and being connected with nature keep us in excellent health.
● We spend quality time with each other and make new friends on the trail.
● It’s fun!
Even in cities, our lives are intertwined with the environment and creatures around us. With this blog, we hope to raise awareness of environmental issues and inspire others to protect our planet for future generations.